1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over hot, but not simmering, water. If you do not have a double boiler, use a heavy bottomed sauce pan over a very low flame, and stir often to avoid scalding. Remove from heat when no lumps remain.
2. Using a toothpick to hold the strawberries, dip them one at a time into the chocolate to about 3/4 up the side of the berry. Wipe excess off on the edge of the pan.
3. Place the other end of the toothpick into Styrofoam so that the strawberries can cool upside down. If you don't have Styrofoam, lay the strawberries carefully on the waxed paper. If the melted chocolate starts to thicken while you're working, slowly reheat it.
4. Refrigerate the chocolate covered strawberries until ready to serve, at least an hour.
Makes 12 chocolate dipped strawberries.
Note: These be prepared ahead of time. These need to be eaten quickly because the strawberries will begin to rot inside the chocolate after about 24 hours.
Date: October 30, 2002